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Holy Week in Tepoztlán

Don Karp, April 3 2024

Palm Sunday with Arturo carrying his palms. Easter was just celebrated all over the world. Mexico is largely a Catholic country, and is no exception. They take this holiday very seriously, and have a whole week of events leading up to it, called Semana Santa, or Holy Week. The week after fulfilling one's spiritual and family obligations is...

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Religious Icons: Part Two-Churches

Don Karp, March 4 2024

Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico. Church of La Santísima Mexico is predominantly a Catholic country, and Tepoztlán is no exception. We'll explore many churches that are in different parts of town. But not all. That would be too large a project. I'm not sure that a church can be called a religious icon, however I'm using this to follow up on...

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The Greater Reset in Morelia

Don Karp, January 17 2024

Morelia, Michoacan. Closing circle at The Greater Reset conference. I recently (Jan. 17-22, 2024) attended The Greater Reset conference in Morelia. Morelia is the capital of the state of Michoacan in Mexico. While at a previous conference, I gathered photos and wrote about the town. Now I want to tell more about the event

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Café Arté, Tepoztlán

Don Karp, January 1 2024

Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico. Inside Café Arté. Photo by author In 2003, when I moved to Tepoztlán, a "Magic City" in Mexico, there was only one café, Buenos Tiempos (Good Times). I can't remember when the second one, Tepoz Café, was added. Buenos Tiempos started in a booth at the entrance to the open air market before moving to a regular shop....

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Culture

Religious Icons: Part One

Don Karp, October 2 2023

Catholicism is the major religion south of the US border. But it is different here. Within a ten- minute, three-block radius from where I live, in Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico, there are many altars, along with a church and a chapel that show this difference. Join me by looking at the photos and video I took while walking

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Culture

Murals in Tepoztlán

Don Karp, September 4 2023

Part of the magic of the "Magic City" of Tepoztlán comes from its many colorful murals adorning buildings. Some are quite imaginative and whimsical, like the one above. I was strolling in my neighborhood when I noticed a new mural's creation (see the slide show at the end of this article). Sara was the painter. Five years ago I had interviewed...

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Guadalajara

Don Karp, November 24 2018

This is the story of my experiences living as an ex-pat in Mexico since 2003. It's to culminate in a published book. With your help, I'll be editing, selecting a title, and cover art: a participatory project. Your comments encouraged! The main cathedral in Guadalajara...

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Sacred Plant Medicine

Don Karp, October 27 2018

This is the story of my experiences living as an ex-pat in Mexico since 2003. It's to culminate in a published book. With your help, I'll be editing, selecting a title, and cover art: a participatory project. Your comments encouraged! In Mexico, where law enforcement is more relaxed than elsewhere, one finds numerous ceremonies using psychoactive...

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Culture

Healers and Healing

Don Karp, September 29 2018

This is the story of my experiences living as an ex-pat in Mexico since 2003. It's to culminate in a published book. With your help, I'll be editing, selecting a title, and cover art: a participatory project. Your comments encouraged! Health clinic in Centro of Tepoztlan, Mexico. This is a mainstream medical facility. A large hospital and many...

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Culture

Jose of Tepoztlán

Don Karp, August 25 2018

Jose Rodriguez as the Grim Reaper, Brownsville, Texas demonstration against family separations.                                                              2018. Photo courtesy of Jose Rodriguez. Nestled in the valley between two volcanic mountain ranges in the central highlands of Mexico lies the Magic City of Tepoztlan. Secondary volcanic...

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